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The open letter against cancel culture was a ray of hope… until some signatories canceled themselves out of it

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09.07.2020

On July 7, Harper’s Magazine published a piece called ‘A Letter on Justice and Open Debate’. It is a bold letter that calls for less censorship and more exchange of ideas, which flies in the face of modern cancel culture (which those involved in try to pretend doesn’t exist). It is signed by dozens of academics, authors, and journalists who support the idea that cancel culture is the antithesis to a liberal society.

And then a bunch of them distanced themselves from it because “they didn’t know THAT person had signed it.”

I did not know who else had signed that letter. I thought I was endorsing a well meaning, if vague, message against internet shaming. I did know Chomsky, Steinem, and Atwood were in, and I thought, good company. The consequences are mine to bear. I am so sorry.

Aside from Jennifer Boylan of the New York Times, historian Kerri Greenridge........

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